tr.v. com·mer·cial·ized, com·mer·cial·iz·ing, com·mer·cial·iz·es
1. To apply methods of business to for profit.
a. To do, exploit, or make chiefly for financial gain.
b. To sacrifice the quality of for profit.
com·mer′cial·i·zation (-shə-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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